This is another structural engineering firm performing a scam on potential employees. This person’s name is Bernhard Gafner. Do NOT forget his name!


Folks, if you thought that US structural engineering firms were the only ones that treat their prospective employees badly, then you will be in for a shock.  This blog will present the first Canadian structural engineering firm that treats their applicants badly.  The name of this firm is Aspect Structural Engineers, located in Vancouver, BC.

Ironically, this firm stated they were forward-thinking.  After you read this blog, you will learn this is not true at all.  Think of their promises as those of a crooked car salesman.

Here is where the story begins.  Back in July 2016, a prospective employee applied for a Senior Structural Engineer position they had posted on Craigslist. This person was really excited about working in Canada.  That person received an email that they wanted to have an interview with this up and coming structural engineering firm.

Aspect Structural Engineers

The person had a phone interview with mass timber expert Bernhard Gafner.  We were with this person during the interview.  We could tell from the excitement of that person’s voice that they were excited for being a part of this new firm.

Guess what happens next?  After the interview, the applicant was sent an email stating that there were no full time jobs.  Don’t believe it?  Then check out the email this person received from Bernhard Gafner and crew.


This is quite different from the firm’s LinkedIn page where they have stated they have procured plenty of work.  Just look at what their LinkedIn page says:


Bernhard Gafner insisted these jobs would materialize.  Gafner is a great last name for him because he makes mistakes constantly like how to hire employees.  It has been nearly five months and this is not true at all.

Ask yourselves:  why would a firm lie about having plenty of work and then tell a potential employee they wanted to hire that person on a project only basis?  There are many reasons for it:

  1. They want to show the competition they are busy by posting fake ads.
  2. They want to raise the engineering fees on their projects by falsely stating they are busy.
  3. They are planning on firing one or more of their employees secretly.
  4. They were using the job ads to get free design ideas without having to pay employees.
  5. They practice age discrimination against people over 40.

Bernhard Gafner and his staff have a natural talent for wrong answers and unethical behavior you just can’t teach.  We can only imagine what his dating or married life is like, but we don’t have to imagine:  Bernhard Gafner would cheat on his wife because of the encounter where he demonstrated to the potential employee he would lie like a rug.  Bernhard Gafner is a mass-hole!

As painful as this situation is, it’s actually a blessing in disguise, and anyone who wants to work as a Structural Engineer at Aspect Structural Engineers should think twice before doing so. Because when Aspect Structural Engineers used a bait-and-switch tactic, it means at least one of the following:

* The company is unethical.

* The founders, including one named Bernhard Gafner, are unethical.

* The environment is chaotic.

* The company is going through a reorganization.

* The corporate culture is abusive.

* Aspect Structural Engineers may be designing structures that violate the local and national building codes.

* The job is different from what you were told it would be.  In this case, the job went from full time to project based/part time.

* Aspect Structural Engineers will rescind other things it offered you, such as bonuses, benefits, or vacation time.

We would like to ask Aspect Structural Engineers how pulling a bait-and-switch is good.  Aspect Structural Engineers claimed they valued transparency, but if this is true, how do they explain hiring employees for specific projects instead of full time positions like they advertised on Craigslist?  Their ethical behavior is like Stevie Wonder on a hunting trip – they missed everything.

Also, you may wonder whether they truly know how to design buildings for earthquakes in Vancouver, BC, and in the province of BC.  We say they cannot do this because they admitted to lying to potential employees.

People are asking what they can do about it.  It is as simple as boycotting their clients.  And here they are:

Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL) – UNBC

Prince George, BC – Client name is Stantec

Splyce Design
D’arcy Jones Architecture

Copper Spirit Distillery

Bowen Island, BC

Client name is Rafael Santa Ana Architecture Workshop

Cargo Architecture

Battersby Howat
Landform Architecture


Folks, we want you to learn that not all job ads like those on Craigslist are real.  This means you can waste your time applying for them.  One such firm that does this is IDA Structural Engineers of Oakland, CA, headed by Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse & UC Berkeley alumnus Jon Kiland.

Stephen DeJesse

One person we know applied for one of these jobs.  This person interviewed with Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse personally.  After the interview, this person never heard from the firm again.  And then IDA Structural Engineers has the audacity to repost their help wanted ad again and again.  Folks, you should ignore them completely.  Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse has cried wolf so many times people should not believe him.  If this is how he treats potential employees, just imagine how IDA Structural Engineers treats their clients.  Evern worse yet, imagine how Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse and his staff design buildings for earthquakes.  We suspect the plans will have major issues.


People ask why does IDA Structural Engineers post fake jobs?  Let us tell you what we think are the potential reasons IDA Structural Engineers does this.

– Fake job postings exist so that employers can gauge the current talent pool.  What better way to assess how in-demand a position is than to post an advertisement to fill that same position? The number of applications can be a valuable pointer on what to pay a person for a given job.  It also is an indicator of how easy that person is to potentially replace.  Guess IDA Structural Engineers thinks all their employees are replaceable.  You can thank Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse for that.

– Fake job postings exist so that companies can get a back-up for your position and keep resumes on file. Since we already know that every job is temporary, an enterprising employer might be stockpiling talent in case you make a sudden exit, or, are asked to make an exit.   Translation:  Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse may have high turnover at his firm.

– Fake job postings exist to make it easier for nepotism and other unfair hiring practices to occur.  When the boss wants his nephew hired, it’s not always cut and dry. In many organizations, the company needs to “look outside” for suitable candidates. Searching externally for a candidate can also satisfy any potential Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) mandates.  This is a quick and dirty way to appear fair.  Is this what Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse is doing?  We don’t now but we suspect that may be the case.

– Fake job postings exist so that people can add you to a list.  It’s unscrupulous.  Some job postings exist to merely target consumers for specific products and services. Lame.

– Fake job postings exist so that criminals can thrive.  This is the lowest of the low, actual thieves who are looking to cull information about you so they can swipe your identity or engage in deviant behavior that involves your good name.  This is one reason why it’s not a bad idea to hold back on your personal information on an initial cover letter and resume.

– Fake job postings exist so that people can copy you. Resume plagiarism is prevalent. You need only search “resume template” or a variation to see the thousands of samples floating around on the Web.  Some shady cats have been known to take to sites like Craigslist and post a phony job within their field. This gives them access to dozens of resume that they can copy at will and make their own. We wonder whether IDA Structural Engineers is using this technique to branch into other types of work.  What better way to get work than to steal someone’s resume, claim that person works for IDA Structural Engineers, and then try to get work for the firm.  You can thank Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse for potentially earning a place in career hell.

We wonder whether the clients and end users of IDA Structural Engineers knows what is going on.  If we were customers, we can simply not do business with any of their clients.  This includes the following:

Acura of Oakland; Plum Restaurant of Oakland; Walnut Creek Volkswagen; Whole Food Market in South San Jose; Lincoln Showroom of Newport Beach, CA; Novartis; Restoration Hardware; Robert Mondavi Winery; Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

If Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse wants to discuss this with the person they turned down, this person would be more than happy to discuss this.  In the meantime, structural engineers should not be wasting time working at IDA Structural Engineers and its President Cal Poly Dumb Guy Stephen DeJesse.



Have you ever wanted to waste your time and money?  Have you ever wanted to be anti-sustainable by wasting your precious time interviewing at architecture and engineering firms for jobs that do not even exist?  Well, now you can by applying as a Structural Engineer at DES Architects and Engineers, located with Redwood City, CA, with a new office in San Francisco, CA.

A Candidate contacted the Structural Stupidists about his/her interview experience with DES Architects and Engineers.  This Candidate received an email from DES.  So the Candidate showed up and met with Structural Engineering Manager Tom Parrish and Brandi Quirarte.  The Candidate presented the Structural Stupidists with their business cards.  The Candidate discussed his/her qualifications with Tom Parrish. During the interview, Tom Parrish told the Candidate DES Architects and Engineers was forced to turn down work because they had too much work to do.  Brandi Quirarte told the Candidate about the benefits of the firm.  It sounded like Brandi Quirarte was leading the Candidate on.



Before the interview even started, Brandi Quirarte asked the Candidate for the completed application.  This application had information about the Candidate’s references.  The Candidate put a few down such as code officials that reviewed that person’s work.  Brandi Quirarte promised that DES Architects and Engineers would get back to the Candidate right away.  Brandi Quirarte did, folks, with a rejection phone call stating that DEA Architects and Engineers needed to re-evaulate the position.  Re-evaluate the position?  What does this mean necessarily?  Did Brandi Quirarte act unethically by posting an ad for a job that does not exist?  You betcha!  Obviously, many people believe horses are smarter than Brandi Quirarte!  Just look at the horse below!  Brandi Quirarte is quite a dingdong because she fails to wear a helmet!  Maybe she wants to be like Christopher Reeves someday!



We have decided to post the ad for the position they posted on their website.  Guess what?  It looks fine to us!  It seems like a normal day for a structural engineer, folks.  And this Candidate was licensed as one in the state of California.


Yes, folks, Brandy Quirarte is a lying sack of crap.  If she lies this much when it comes to interviewing people for non-existent positions, we can only imagine what it is like to work for DES Architects and Engineers.  The reason they had this Candidate interview is because they wanted to get free marketing leads without doing any actual work.  If Brandi Quirarte did, she feels she might contribute to the eventual heat-death of the universe!


Also, we believe DES Architects and Engineers is doing this to get cheaper workers by using the H1B Visa program.  Let us tell you how this scam works!  DES posts ads for positions all over Craigslist and their website claiming they need help.  Then people apply.  These people interview for the position and they get to be told they are not a fit.  So then DES hires lawyer to file H1B visa applicants to get much cheaper help.  This helps DES Architects and Engineers achieve a much lower overhead. What these people failed to realize is that it has exposed them for the unethical employer that they are.  See below the copies of the H1B Visa Applications they filed.



We believe that DES needs to reword their website to truly reflect their actual culture and values.  So let us take a shot at this:


DES is committed to the professional growth of every employee and establishes an individual Career Development Plan for all employees. DES does this at the expense of others.  DES uses job interviews to come up with ideas for their employees to grow.  Think of this as free consulting.  Each employee receives an annual career development stipend complete with paid training hours. A program has been designed specifically for professional licensing which we refer to as “Licensing Track”. The company provides study resources, support, motivation, training and mock exam testing for the employees, as well as reimbursement for fees and a licensing bonus. DES even uses employment ads to mock interviews on job candidates to get ideas for their future jobs because they are incapable of coming up with any of their own.


Also incorporated in the Career Development program are project site visits, vendor presentation lunches, lessons learned seminars/events and design charettes.  Let’s not forget the phony interviews DES subjects their candidates to so they can get free engineering design, architectural design, and marketing ideas.


We take health and wellness very seriously. Our Fitness Factor program was established in 2003 and we use a seasonal approach by introducing a schedule of activities each quarter. We believe that fitness is comprised of five basic areas: physical, financial, emotional, sustainable and community. We also provide employees with a monthly fitness stipend.  Of course, DES wants their potential candidates to do heavy lifting so they can keep their financial health at the expense of others.  Think of DES as that new fungus that leaches onto their job candidates until they give up their advantages.


We encourage our employees to establish a healthy work/life balance while taking it away from the people who visit through our door. We offer flexible hours to accommodate individual needs. We also support both corporate and individual volunteerism with a “give back” philosophy because we are too busy taking away from the interview candidates who walk through our doors.

Our Little Things program is designed to provide assistance and help to relieve stress in our employee’s personal lives, offering services such as valet dry cleaning, commuter programs, health fairs and rental car discounts.  Notice how they do not mean potential candidates because they are too busy stealing their ideas.

  1. Thomas Gilman says: “A key factor in successful projects is the selection of the right design professional – a dependable partner that creates an environment to reflect your ideals and goals.”Unfortunately, these people at DES Architects and Engineers  are lying sacks of crap.  Think of DES as a Jim Jones cult for the 21st century!




Rutherford + Chekene Caught Deceiving Their Interview Candidates

We would not believe it for ourselves, but we just discovered a structural engineering firm that could be run by the people of the fictional planet Ferenginar because they value money/capitalism and unethical behavior over their reputation of their firm.  This firm is called Rutherford + Chekene.  For those who have never heard of R+C, they design hospitals, universities, biotech buildings, and several museums.  Many people will know their work such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (as featured in Star Trek IV) and the Pixar Animation Studios (home to Toy Story & The Incredibles).

The Candidate applied for their ad.  As many people in California know, Rutherford + Chekene has a stellar reputation for their structural engineering services.  So this Candidate was excited to apply for this ad.  We have posted the ad so you can see it for yourselves.

Rutherford + Chekene

R+C is one of the foremost engineering practices in California, providing structural and geotechnical engineering. Established in 1960, we are committed to hands-on involvement with our clients, and to maintaining a friendly and welcoming in-office atmosphere.

Our new building portfolio includes significant collaborations with internationally acclaimed architects on a variety of building types. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide creative and practical solutions that support great architectural visions. Our services also include seismic evaluations and retrofits of existing buildings. We have many new and exciting projects in the institutional and commercial sectors, both here in the U.S., and abroad.

    o Hollister Courthouse | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, New Construction, 2016
    o LBNL Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center) | AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award
    o UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Redevelopment | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Retrofit/Alteration, 2016
    o Stanford Energy System Innovations (Replacement Central Energy Facility) | SEAONC, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Infrastructure, 2016 & AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award & ENR’s “Best of the Best” Energy/Industrial Project of the Year
    o SFO New Air Traffic Control Tower | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Excellence, Landmark, 2016
    o New Hospital Bed Tower in Fresno
    o New Childcare and Office Buildings for Biopharmaceutical Client in the Peninsula
    o San Francisco International Airport, New Boarding Area B & Terminal 1 Renovation
    o Over 1 million square feet of new commercial laboratory buildings for BMR(Black Rock) at Foster City, South San Francisco and Fremont
    o UCSF Mission Bay Precision Cancer Center
    o Google TI work
    o Stanford Biomedical Innovation
    o San Jose Performing Arts
    o Frost Amphitheater at Stanford
    o UCSB Lecture Hall and Theatre
    We are seeking two Structural Engineers to join our team, to help us manage our growth and work on the next interesting projects. Build your career with us! If you are interested in joining a dynamic and growing team, we want to hear from you.

These are salaried, full time positions, with benefits.

Job Title: Senior Licensed Engineer/Project Manager

Job Start Date: Monday, September 12, 2016

Job Description:


You will be working as part of a firm-wide team to manage and work on all aspects of engineering including analysis and design for a variety of high-profile projects. This is a great opportunity for a candidate eager to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, using cutting-edge technology and processes to deliver excellent design.

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Manage the structural design effort for a variety of complex and interesting projects.
• Interact directly with design first world-class architects.
• Apply skills, knowledge and expertise to collaborate with all project team members to:
• Identify scope of services and required information and steps to meet project commitments.
• Obtain information, decisions and approvals as necessary to meet project commitments.
• Present engineering concepts and lead discussion of concerns with project team.
• Maintain awareness of applicable design standards, regulations and approval processes.
• Complete structural engineering design activities including review of applicable building codes, performing structural analysis and calculations, developing construction drawing and details, assembling project specifications, reviewing shop drawings and performing construction administration activities.
• 8-11 years of working experience in the structural engineering field.
• Experience designing building structures in concrete and steel.
• Experience with a variety of structural analysis software: ECAD, SAFE, RAM, ETABS, and SAP90.
• Ability to manage projects and engineering staff.
• B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Structural.
• Master’s Degree a plus.
• SE Required.

    Candidates should have strong analytical, detailing, communication and interpersonal skills and should be able to develop and maintain good relationships with industry peers.

We are looking for employees who enjoy engaging with architects, owners, contractors, clients and other external team members.

We are seeking engineers who are able to jump into a project and start working immediately.

Ability to resolve issues and complete work per deadlines efficiently.

Ability to work well on a project team.


Rutherford + Chekene offers a competitive salary and benefits package: medical, dental and vision insurance, paid personal time off, 401(k) plan, and continuing education allowance. We believe in developing employees to be the best they can be in their professional life, with a genuine work-life balance. R+C is an equal opportunity employer.


Folks, this sounds like a great ad from an engineering firm, but is it really?  One Candidate got this interesting email and (s)he got a response from Priscilla Castro, their HR person.  See below:

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From this email, it is obvious that Rutherford + Chekene did a bait & switch on this Candidate.  Instead of interviewing for the full time Structural Project Manager position they advertised, they decided to tell the Candidate the job would only be available for two months because Priscilla Castro mentions one specific job this person would be working on.  That is quite a big difference from their ad stating the positions were full-time.  Now ask yourselves, would you trust this firm at all?  If they wrote an ad for a full time position and then offered a part time position, would you trust Rutherford + Chekene?  We say no!  We say that their answers are followed with flying pigs and flaming snowballs.  Ask yourselves:  would you trust them to honor things like vacation time, PTO, or other benefits?  Most likely not! We know this firm is composed of lying liars because they recently promoted a bunch of people in the firm.



Also, this organization can claim they are hands-on all they want, but the fact is this was clearly demonstrated by their lack of hands on experience in the use of a computer when writing this ad!  Did they forget to write the truth in their employment ad?  Of course not!

In addition, Priscilla Castro wanted this person’s references before the interview.  This is really unusual because the Candidate did not have the interview or see the working environment of the firm.  We can only imagine how she shops for plumbers to fix plugged up drains in her house!  We guess the true reason she did this is to get additional marketing contacts for Rutherford + Chekene without having to open a book or pick up the phone to call them herself.  This is very unethical!  Priscilla Castro needs to be thinned from the herd, if you know what we mean!

And being deceptive may not be her fault!  It could be caused by her fellow co-workers at Rutherford + Chekene or even worse yet her own husband!  Her husband is Azarias Castro, a San Francisco police officer.  This is significant because the SFPD has plenty of issues with unethical individuals.  Just look at the racist texts they send.

Apparently, Rutherford + Chekene is in desperate need of continuous education because they have clearly demonstrated they have no concepts of ethics!  Lying in a job ad is problematic because people tend to not believe you.  We can think where Priscilla Castro’s next job could be:  crooked car saleswoman!

And if you thought the culture of unethical behavior was only limited to one employee, you would be completely wrong!  Meet David Bleiman, the CEO of Rutherford + Chekene.  His last name rhymes with Lie-Man because he cannot tell the truth!  David Bleiman clearly cannot read a job description either.  In his rejection email to the Candidate, David Bleiman stated he could not hire this person for positions at Rutherford + Chekene because they did not have Revit experience.  David Bleiman needs to understand how to read and write the English language because he did not state this in his ad for the position.



During the Candidate’s interview with Helen Fehr and David Bleiman, the Candidate asked about Revit training because (s)he did not have it.  Helen Fehr & David Bleiman assured the Candidate (s)he would get it.  Per the Structural Project Manager position, it was not stated.   During the interview, David Bleiman & Helen Fehr constantly complained how the firm lost their engineers to DSA, OSHPD, and the Structural Engineering division of HOK Architects.  Also, Helen Fehr (aka the Little Old Lady from Martinez) and David Bleiman admitted the full-time positions were not available even though their ad stated this.

Also, the Candidate interviewed with Patrick Ryan & Brent Lizundia.  These Principals told the Candidate (s)he would be having a chaotic environment where the Candidate would not be told about any project deadlines.  Translation:  expect to be their client’s personal whipping boy!  Also, expect to be fired for something that is not your fault!

The problem with bait-and-switch tactics is that they produce disengaged workers, damage company cultures, spike employee turnover rates and severely impact productivity. They also take a nasty bite out of a business’s bottom line.  Guess Rutherford + Chekene do not care about their current and/or future profits or their employees.  Based on this incident, it is no wonder they had to set their sights on a smaller office on Beale Street in San Francisco!

Rutherford & Chekene’s screw-ups have made local news.   This is easy to do because their projects are high profile.  In fact, these people are so dumb they could not figure out what standards to design their structures to.  One such problem was the pedestrian bridges at the West Dublin Pleasanton station.  Anyone with 1/3 of a brain would know that you should look at a map before designing a structure.  Well, folks, Rutherford + Chekene did not do that at all because the pedestrian bridge was located over a Calrans freeway.  As a result, the pedestrian bridge had to be torn down.

So what have we learned today?  We have learned that structural engineering firms are more like car dealerships in that they have higher levels of morality impairedness!  If you want to be scammed by senior citizen engineers like David Bleiman and Helen Fehr, then this firm is for you.  Clients and the public should avoid this firm like the bubonic plague because Rutherford + Chekene is bad news to anyone who interviews them or eve designs buildings for them.